On a recent Saturday evening, I joined my boardmember spouse and several hundred others at The Arc’s annual shindig at the Hotel Eleganté. The evening unfolded predictably enough: sign in, table assignments, cocktails, networking, silent auction, proceed to tables, videos, food, introductions, fiery keynote speech from longtime activist, awards, more...
True confession No. 1: I keep a lot of stuff that I should have thrown away. True confession  No. 2: I subscribe to three daily newspapers. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of old newspapers in the basement. For some reason, I saved the editorial section of the Sunday, Dec. 16,...
Let’s imagine that you bought a big house on a quiet street in an idyllic western city a few decades ago. You soon figured out that you could make a few bucks by renting out the basement apartment. That went well, so you started an in-house event business, hosting...
Less than two months until the June 26 primaries — aren’t you excited? I thought not, but you ought to be. Thanks to the voter-approved measure that allows unaffiliated voters to vote in either the Republican or Democratic contests, plus contentious and unpredictable multi-candidate fields in a number of...
With a population of around 1,200, Cripple Creek punches way above its weight. It’s arguably the best preserved and most interesting of Colorado’s historic mining towns and (with its next-door neighbor Victor) one of the few that haven’t been overwhelmed by gentrification. It’s a tough little city, one built...
What do you do when your industry is slowly collapsing? Do you shrug and find a new profession or tough it out and hope for better times? And if you stay the course, how can you and your peers keep the industry alive? In the last two decades, editorial employment...
On Sept. 9, 2013, Zeezo’s owners Mark and Jessica Modeer bought the building that formerly housed Bryant & Scott Jewelers for $1.263 million. It seemed like a pretty hefty price for the 113-year-old 8,350-square-foot single-story building, but Mark and Jessica had a deserved reputation as canny business owners. Skeptics...
On April 9, Colorado Springs City Council will meet in a 1 p.m. work session to consider the “Banning-Lewis Ranch annexation amendment and restatement presentation and proposed code amendments.” Members of the unwashed, uninformed and (let’s face it!) unwelcome public won’t be able to comment — they’ll have to hold...
A few weeks ago, a portion of the picturesque 1899 stone wall that borders my somewhat rundown 1899 house on the Westside collapsed on the sidewalk. Maintaining our beloved relic of a house is difficult enough as is, with or without historic stone walls to repair. Such a task is...
The death notice was brief and to the point. “After 126 years of operation, The Pikes Peak Cog Railway has decided not to reopen this spring for the 2018 season, or for the forseeable future,” said the press release from The Broadmoor. “Over the past several months, the railroad...
Sorry to have to point this out, but the 2018 gubernatorial election is just more than eight months away. And while we won’t suffer the despairing chaos of a presidential contest, the governor’s race is important. In the past 25 years, business interests have had a remarkable run in the...
So what are we to make of Denver’s nascent scheme to host the Winter Olympics in 2030? Using the simplest and least complicated lens available, let’s ask ourselves one question: Is it good for Colorado Springs? On the plus side, businesses in the Pikes Peak region would get a hefty...